The "Caribia", an ocean liner being towed to Taiwan for salvage, broke loose in a tropical storm and sunk at the end of the breakwater in December, 1974.  More photos and the story are here.  And the history of the ship is here.

Divers attack the Caribia.   For a few months after the sinking quite a few local divers were "observed'" visiting the wreck, even though it was "off limits".  The Coast Guard had attempted to establish a no dive zone around the wreck, but it was pretty obvious to the divers that the Coast Guard only had one small boat to patrol the area. This did little to keep artiafct hungry divers away!

Pete Peterson: "I can remember the weird feeling of sitting on a dive board above the pool on the ship in 80 ft trying to bounce on it.  That was a futile effort." 

Some strange noises, similar to banging, were also heard and it's assumed that these were made by these same divers removing artifacts from the wreck.  But, of course, these were only assumptions......


WHERE IS IT?  From a video interview we did with Hipaledo Lazama, a forced Guamanian laborer during the war who worked unloading Japanese ships, he told us there were 3 Japanese tugs here.  He saw one small one blown apart by bombing at the same time the Kitzugawa Maru went down. 

Another is a larger ocean going tug that is sunk near the Tokai Maru.  But a third small tug is still missing and is presumed to be laying on the bottom somewhere in Apra harbor.   Note: There was another tug near the old Marianas yacht club but that one was not part of the war. It was removed a few years ago.


DID YOU KNOW? There's a cave that starts in the ocean, and comes out in the jungle.  It's right here.


How to Dive with Sharks: a Primer By Voltaire Cousteau

Little is known about the author, who died in Paris in 1812. He may have been a descendant of Francois Voltaire and an ancestor of Jacques Cousteau. Apparently this essay was written for sponge divers. Because it may have broader implications, it was translated from French by Richard J. Johns, an obscure French scholar and Massey professor and Director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, 720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21205.


WEBMASTER: I haven't changed a word of the article I copied on this, but Ive had a little fun on some of it by highlighting some of the absurd ideas.  Enjoy it.

Very few individuals actually choose to dive with sharks. It is not an acknowledged sport and while it may be exhilarating, it is usually considered too stressful to be enjoyable. These instructions are written primarily for the benefit of those who, by virtue of their occupation, find they must dive and find the water is infested with sharks.

Diving with sharks is like any other skill: it cannot be learned from books alone; the novice must practice in order to develop the skill. The following six rules simply set forth the fundamental principles, which if followed, will make it more possible to survive and with practice, perhaps become an expert at diving with sharks.

Rule 1. Assume all unidentified fish are sharks. Not all sharks look like sharks and some fish that are not sharks sometimes act like sharks. Unless you have witnessed docile behavior in the presence of shed blood on more than one occasion, it is best to assume an unknown species of fish is a shark.

Rule 2. Do not bleed. It is the cardinal principle that if you are injured, either by accident or by intent, you must not bleed. Experience shows that bleeding divers are much more likely to be attacked than not bleeders. Besides, bleeding prompts a more aggressive response by sharks.

Admittedly, it is difficult not to bleed when injured. Indeed, at first this may seem impossible. Diligent practice, however, will permit the experienced diver to sustain a serious laceration without bleeding and without even exhibiting loss of composure. This hemostatic reflex can in part be conditioned, but there may be constitutional aspects as well. Those who cannot learn to control their bleeding should not attempt to dive with sharks; the peril is too great.

The control of bleeding has a positive protective element for the diver. The shark will be confused as to whether or not his attack has injured you, and this confusion is to the diver’s advantage. On the other hand, the shark may know he has injured you and be puzzled as to why you do not bleed or show distress. This also has a profound effect on the sharks. They begin questioning their own potency or believe the diver may have supernatural powers.

Rule 3. Counter any aggression promptly. Sharks rarely attack a diver without warning. Usually there is some tentative, exploratory aggressive action. It is important that the diver recognize that this behavior is the prelude to an attack and take prompt and vigorous action.

The appropriate countermove is a sharp blow to the nose. Almost invariably that will prevent a full-scale attack, for it makes it clear that you understand the shark’s intentions and are prepared to use whatever force is necessary to repel his aggressive actions.

Some divers mistakenly believe that an ingratiating attitude will dispel an attack under these circumstances. This is not correct; such a response actually provokes a shark attack. Those “animal lovers” that hold this erroneous view can usually be identified by their missing limb(s).

Rule 4. Get out of the water if someone is bleeding. If a diver (or a shark) has been injured and is bleeding, get out of the water promptly. The presence of blood and the thrashing of the bleeder will elicit aggressive behavior in even the most docile of sharks. This latter group, poorly skilled in attacking, often behaves irrationally and may attack uninvolved divers or sharks.Some are so inept they injure themselves.

If you have the misfortune to be diving with someone who, after being injured, has failed to master the technique of not bleeding, abandon them. No useful purpose is served in attempting to save the injured diver. He either will or will not survive the attack, your intervention cannot protect him once blood has been shed and will only serve to further aggravate the shark that will see you as competing for his meal.

Rule 5. Use anticipatory retaliation; initiate a preemptive strike. A constant danger to the skilled diver is that the shark will forget that the diver is skilled and attack in error. Some sharks have notoriously poor memories in this regard. Initiating a program of anticipatory retaliation can prevent this memory loss. The skilled diver should engage in these activities periodically and the periods should be less that the memory span of the shark.

However, since it is impossible to define these intervals, the procedure may need to repeated frequently with forgetful sharks and accomplished only once for sharks with total recall.  The procedure is essentially the same as described in rule 3—a sharpblow to the nose. Here, however, this blow is unexpected and serves to remind the shark that you are alert, unafraid and a force to be reckoned with.

Divers should take care not to injure the sharks and draw blood during this exercise, for two reasons: first, sharks often bleed profusely and this may lead to the chaotic situation described under rule 4; and, second, if divers act in this fashion it may be difficult to distinguish divers from sharks.

Rule 6. Disorganize an organized attack. Usually sharks are sufficiently self-centered that they do not act in concert against a diver. This lack of organization greatly reduces the risk of diving among sharks. However, upon occasion the sharks may launch a coordinated attack upon a diver or even on one of their own number.

The proper strategy in these instances is diversion. Sharks as a group are especially prone to internal dissension. An experienced diver can divert an organized attack by introducing something, even something minor or trivial, which sets the sharks to fighting among themselves. Usually by the time the internal conflict is settled the sharks cannot even recall what they were setting about to do, much less get organized to do it.

A second mechanism of diversion is to introduce something, which so enrages the members of the group that they begin to lash out in all directions, even attacking inanimate objects in their fury.

What should be introduced? Unfortunately, different things prompt internal dissention or blind fury in different groups of sharks. Here one must be experienced in dealing with a given group of sharks, for what enrages one group will pass unnoted by another.

Rule 7: It is scarcely necessary to state that it is unethical for a diver under attack by a group of sharks to counter the attack by diverting them to another diver. It is, however, common to see this done by novice divers and by sharks when they fall under a concerted attack. Therefore, if you happen to be caught in the water with a novice diver and a group of aggressive sharks, keep a close eye on both. There is no telling which may be more dangerous.


WEBMASTER: OK, here's another solution submitted by Brent Edson:

The following should be added to fit in with our current society:

RULE 9: In today's society where it is easier to file a lawsuit than file your taxes. The best way to prevent an unwanted collision with an unwanted guest is to put something very expensive between you and your guest! The more expensive the better. The unwanted guest will not want to be a part of a law suit due to the destruction of your property!

I submit exhibit number 1 as evidence for Rule 9!!!